How dangerous is childbirth? Depends where you are (hint the U.S. would not be one of your first choices). Check out these stats courtesy of Jill Sheffield:
- One in 30,000 women in Sweden will die of pregnancy complications.
- One in 2,500 women will die of these causes in the United States. (No there is not a missing zero and the rate for Black women is 4 times higher)
- In sub-Saharan Africa, one in every 16 women will die in pregnancy or childbirth.
- In Afghanistan, such complications kill one in every seven women.
June 22, 2007